cj#1023> The quotable THIRD WORLD TRAVELER

1999-12-01

Richard Moore

Dear cj,

If you want to stay up-to-date on Seattle, subscribe to the
renaissance-network list.

Also: the great article by Chossudovsky is now on our website:
        http://cyberjournal.org

Thanks to Robert for the following!

rkm
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Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 15:03:03 +1300
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Subject: Travel in Africa, Asia, Latin America; Human rights; Social and
economic justice; Foreign policy; Corporations; Media control

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/index.html

saw this page and thought of you re propaganda sources - bob


THIRD WORLD TRAVELER publishes magazine articles and book
excerpts that inform citizens about the impact of the
policies of transnational corporations, international
financial and trade institutions, and the United States
government and its national security establishment on
democracy, human rights, social and economic justice and the
environment, in the Third World, and in the United States.

THIRD WORLD TRAVELER also provides travel information for
developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


<http://www.savepacifica.net/index.htm>  

Progress is measured in part by the courageous people who
put their careers and often their lives at risk by
challenging the parameters of what is acceptable in society,
even though these parameters may be damaging to the quality
of life. Heroes are created from ordinary people who are
willing to take risks to their personal security and safety
for the benefit of the larger community.

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INDEX of website

"One of the intentions of corporate-controlled media is to
instill in people a sense of disempowerment, of
immobilization and paralysis. Its outcome is to turn you
into good consumers. It is to keep people isolated, to feel
that there is no possibility for social change."

David Barsamian, journalist and publisher

*****

" Patriotism, like religion, meets people's need for
something greater to which their individual lives can be
anchored ... America's state religion, [is] patriotism, a
phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that
"treason" is morally worse than murder or rape "

William Blum, author of Killing Hope

*****

" The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world
and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of
the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant
political mythology. "

Michael Parenti, political scientist and author

*****

" The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest
exercises in moral philosophy: that is the search for a
superior moral justification for selfishness."

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist and author

*****

" History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of
this period of social transition was not the strident clamor
of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good
people. "

Martin Luther King, Jr.

*****

" The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to
strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow
very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the
more critical and dissident views. That gives people the
sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the
time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced
by the limits put on the range of the debate. "

Noam Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign
policy critic

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MEDIA CONTROL and PROPAGANDA

"The great masses of people. . .will more easily fall
victims to a big lie than to a small one."

Adolph Hitler

*****

" Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds
himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. "

George Orwell, author of the book "1984"

*****

" I know of no country in which there is so little
independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in
America. "

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1805 - 1859, French political thinker
and author of Democracy in America

*****

" If an American is concerned only about his nation, he will
not be concerned about the peoples of Asia, Africa, or South
America. Is this not why nations engage in the madness of
war without the slightest sense of penitence? Is this not
why the murder of a citizen of your own nation is a crime,
but the murder of citizens of another nation in war is an
act of heroic virtue? "

Martin Luther King, Jr.

*****

"To provide its happy people with perpetual fun is now the
deepest purpose of Western civilization."

Jeremy Seabrook, Third World Network

*****

" ... the airwaves belong to the people. "

from the 1934 Communications Act

 

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U.S. FOREIGN POLICY and the PENTAGON

" Many of us regard ourselves as mildly liberal or centrist
politically, voice fairly pleasant sentiments about our poor
children, contribute money to send poor kids to summer camp,
feel benevolent. We're not nazis; we're nice people. We read
sophisticated books. We go to church. We go to synagogue.
Meanwhile, we put other people's children into an economic
and environmental death zone. We make it hard for them to
get out. We strip the place bare of amenities. And we sit
back and say to ourselves, "Well, I hope that they don't
kill each other off. But if they do, it's not my fault."

Jonathan Kozol, educator and author

*****

" The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic."

John Dewey, American philosopher and educator, 1859-1952

*****

" [U.S. aid] has tended to flow disproportionately to Latin
American governments which torture their citizens..."

Lars Schoultz, leading academic specialist on human rights
in Latin America

*****

"Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized
and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been
uncivilized and inhumane."

Howard Zinn, historian and author

*****

" In the post-Cold War era, the United States needs to
promote the development of democracy and human rights, not
militaries that view their own citizens as the enemy."

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin

*****

"The American oligarchy increasingly has less in common with
the American people than it does with the equivalent
oligarchies in Germany or Mexico or Japan."

Lewis Lapham, journalist

 

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INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMES and CRIMINALS

" Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest
that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest. "

Martin Luther King, Jr.

*****

" When I visited Auschwitz I was horrified. And when I
visited Iraq, I thought to myself, 'What will we tell our
children in fifty years when they ask what we did when the
people in Iraq were dying.'"

Mairead McGuire, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Northern Ireland

*****

" Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or
child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or
"disappeared", at the hands of governments or armed
political groups. More often than not, the United States
shares the blame."

Amnesty International, in its annual report on U.S. military
aid and human rights

*****

"How dare Americans allow their government to cause such
misery [in the world]."

Ramsey Clark, former United States Attorney General and
human rights activist

*****

"One of the great attractions of patriotism -- it fulfills
our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able,
vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's
more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous."

Aldous Huxley, English author, 1894-1963

*****

" Does it sound outrageous to you that military spending for
fiscal year 2000 will be almost $290 billion and all other
domestic discretionary spending, such as education, job
training, housing, Amtrak, medical research, environment,
Head Start and many other worthwhile programs will total
$246 billion, the biggest disparity in modern times ? "

Dale Bumpers, former US Senator and present Director of the
Center for Defense Information

*****

" To accept opinions is to gain the good solid feeling of
being correct without having to think. "

C. Wright Mills - from the book The Power Elite

 

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COVERT ACTIVITIES and the CIA

" If you liked El Salvador, you're going to love Colombia.
It's the same death squads, the same military aid, and the
same whitewash from Washington. "

Carlos Salinas, Amnesty International's advocacy director
for Latin America and the Caribbean

*****

" It is no longer a question of controlling a
military-industrial complex, but rather, of keeping the
United States from becoming a totally military culture. "

Jerome Weisner, president emeritus of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology

*****

" The NSS [National Security State] represents and serves
the interests of a tiny elite. Its economic policies of
"trickling-up", enforced by the machine gun, are
rationalized on the ground that growth in the long run will
trickle down to the lower orders. This is a self-serving
ideology designed mainly to allow the western public to
think well of themselves and their own country."

Edward S. Herman, economist, author, and US media and
foreign policy critic

*****

" As the mainstream media has become increasingly dependent
on advertising revenues for support, it has become an
anti-democratic force in society."

Robert McChesney, journalist and media critic

*****

"The recent quantum leap in the ability of transnational
corporations to relocate their facilities around the world
in effect makes all workers, communities and countries
competitors for these corporations' favor. The consequence
is a "race to the bottom" in which wages and social
conditions tend to fall to the level of the most desperate."

Jeremy Brecher, historian and author

*****

" Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. "

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English author, literary scholar
and social critic

 

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TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS

 

" In the councils of government, we must guard against
unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the
military-industrial complex. The potential for the
disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his Farewell Address, 1961

*****

"For the last fifty years we've been supporting right-wing
governments, and that is a puzzlement to me...I don't
understand what there is in the American character... that
almost automatically, even when we have a liberal President,
we support fascist dictatorships or are tolerant towards
them."

William Shirer, author

*****

"The immiseration of the majority is an integral part of the
Free World package for the Third World, the unsavory aspects
of the package -- the terror, the direct spoilation of
people and resources, and western complicity -- must be
rationalized and, as far as possible, kept under the rug."

Edward S. Herman, economist, author, and US media and
foreign policy critic

*****

" Americans cannot teach democracy to the world until they
restore their own."

William Greider, journalist and author

*****

"The achievements of past struggles and the aspirations of
an entire nation are [being] undone and erased.... No Agent
Orange or steel pellet bombs, no napalm, no toxic chemicals:
a new phase of economic and social (rather than physical)
destruction has unfolded. The seemingly neutral and
scientific tools of macro-economic policy constitute a
non-violent instrument of recolonization and
impoverishment."

Michel Chossudovsky, economist

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ARTICLES and BOOK EXCERPTS

"The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been
systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully
documented but nobody talks about them."

Harold Pinter, English dramatist

*****

" America's inability to come to terms with revolutionary
change in the The Third World...has created our biggest
international problems in the postwar era. But the root of
the problem is not, as many Americans persist in believing,
the relentless spread of communism. Rather, it is our own
difficulty in understanding that Third World revolutions are
primarily nationalist, not communist. Nationalism, not
capitalism or communism, is the dominant political force in
the modern world. You might think that revolutionary
nationalism and the desire for self-determination would be
relatively easy for Americans - the first successful
revolutionaries to win their independence - to understand.
But instead we have been dumbfounded when other peoples have
tried to pursue the goals of our own revolution two
centuries ago.... "

Former U.S. Senator Frank Church, on the shortsightedness of
'rollback' as our foreign policy doctrine

*****

" People with advantages are loath to believe that they just
happen to be people with advantages. "

C. Wright Mills - from the book The Power Elite

*****

"I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody,
dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these [Third
World] nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they
will arrive at a solution of their own.... And if
unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type
because the "haves" refuse to share with the "have-nots" by
any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their
own, and not the American style, which they don't want and
above all don't want crammed down their throats by
Americans."

General David Sharp, former US Marine Commandant,1966

*****

" In the United States today, the Declaration of
Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy
follows Machiavelli."

Howard Zinn, historian and author

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AUTHORS and BOOKS on FOREIGN POLICY

 

"When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When
you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a
communist."

Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist

*****

" Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the U.S. military
machine to turn. "

John Stockwell, former CIA official and author

*****

" Today, the United States and Somalia are the only two
countries in the world which haven't ratified the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. And since
Somalia is a country with no internationally recognized
government, the United States essentially stands alone as
the last holdout to legally guarantee children the same full
range of human rights ... agreed to by 191 other sovereign
states. "

Catherine Langevin-Falcon, executive director of UNICEF
(Humanist magazine Nov/Dec 1998)

*****

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear -
kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with
the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been
some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power
that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally
behind it ..."

US General Douglas MacArthur, 1957

*****

" Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was
legal. "

Martin Luther King, Jr.

*****

"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great
wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have
both."

Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court justice from 1916-1939

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DEMOCRACY and SOCIETY

In 1997, the six governments which executed the greatest
number of people per capita were China, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria,
Florida and Texas.

*****

" We live amidst massive inequality. We don't really care
that most people have little power to alter the conditions
of their lives. We refuse to acknowledge that the earth is
dying and that we are killing it. ... Our unthinking
celebration of individual achievement and upward mobility
works to damage the life-giving ties of kinship and the
bonds of community. ...We pretend not to understand the
linkages between our comfortable standard of living and the
dictatorships we impose and protect through an international
military presence. "

Jerry Fresia, author of Toward an American Revolution

*****

" A nation that continues year after year to spend more
money on military defense than on programs of social uplift
is approaching spiritual doom. "

Martin Luther King, Jr.

*****

" The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the
organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important
element in democratic society. "

Edward Bernays, "father" of modern public relations (PR), on
government propaganda

*****

" In a world of increasing inequality, the legitimacy of
institutions that give precedence to the property rights of
"the Haves" over the human rights of "the Have Nots" is
inevitably called into serious question. "

David Korten, economist and internationalist

*****

" It is legal to purchase a fully assembled Uzi machine gun
in this country [United States] but it's not legal to
purchase a fully assembled low-watt radio transmitter. "

Greg Ruggerio, editor and media activist

*****

" States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose
moral standards on powerful institutions."

Noam Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign
policy critic

 
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HUMAN RIGHTS, JUSTICE and REFORM

 

"Why of course the people don't want war.Why should some
poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the
best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one
piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither
in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany.
That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the
country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple
matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy,
or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist
dictatorship ...Voice or no voice, the people can always be
brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you
have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and
denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing
the country to danger."

Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after
World War II

*****

" The range of debate between the dominant U.S. [political]
parties tends to closely resemble the range of debate within
the business class. "

Robert McChesney, author and media critic

*****

"Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of
patriotism.... Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided
into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate.
Those who had the fortune of being born on some particular
spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more
intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other
spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that
chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose
his superiority upon all others."

Emma Goldman, American anarchist and feminist, 1869-1940

*****

"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate
executives, and owners of press and television - can
dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They
will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will
control ourselves."

Howard Zinn, historian and author

*****

" Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ...
Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice,
suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and
passionate concern of dedicated individuals. "

Martin Luther King, Jr.

*****

" There is ...a huge tacit conspiracy between the U.S.
government, its agencies and its multinational corporations,
on the one hand, and local business and military cliques in
the Third World, on the other, to assume complete control of
these countries and "develop" them on a joint venture basis.
The military leaders of the Third World were carefully
nurtured by the U.S. security establishment to serve as the
"enforcers" of this joint venture partnership, and they have
been duly supplied with machine guns and the latest data on
methods of interrogation of subversives."

Edward S. Herman, economist, author, and US media and
foreign policy critic


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PROGRESSIVE WEBSITES

 

" The government of the United States does not, in its
policies, express the decency of its people. "

Jerry Fresia, author of Toward an American Revolution

*****

"... the United States has given frequent and enthusiastic
support to the overthrow of democracy in favor of "investor
friendly" regimes. The World Bank, IMF, and private banks
have consistently lavished huge sums on terror regimes,
following their displacement of democratic governments, and
a number of quantitative studies have shown a systematic
positive relationship between U.S. and IMF / World Bank aid
to countries and their violations of human rights."

Edward S. Herman, economist, author, and US media and
foreign policy critic

*****

" Not a nut or bolt shall reach Chile under Allende. Once
Allende comes to power we shall do all within our power to
condemn Chile and all Chileans to utmost deprivation and
poverty..."

U.S. Ambassador to Chile, three years before the coup
against Chile's elected President Allende in 1973

*****

" The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities
committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity
for not even hearing about them."

George Orwell, English writer, 1903-1950

*****

" The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of
thought."

Emma Goldman, American anarchist and feminist, 1869-1940

*****

" Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In
small places, close to home - so close and so small that
they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are
the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he
lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory,
farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where
every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal
opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless
these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning
anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them
close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the
larger world. "

Eleanor Roosevelt


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WHAT YOU CAN DO

 

" Question authority " author unkown

*****

" What would have happened if millions of American and
British people, struggling with coupons and lines at the gas
stations, had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New
Jersey [part of the Rockefeller empire] managers shipped the
enemy's fuel through neutral Switzerland and that the enemy
was shipping Allied fuel? Suppose the public had discovered
that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl
Harbor was doing millions of dollars' worth of business with
the enemy with the full knowledge of the head office in
Manhattan [the Rockefeller family among others?] Or that
Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation
troops in France with authorization from Dearborn, Michigan?
Or that Colonel Sosthenes Behn, the head of the
international American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from
New York to Madrid to Berne during the war to help improve
Hitler's communications systems and improve the robot bombs
that devastated London? Or that ITT built the FockeWulfs
that dropped bombs on British and American troops? Or that
crucial balI bearings were shipped to Nazi-associated
customers in Latin America with the collusion of the
vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in
partnership with Goering's cousin in Philadelphia when
American forces were desperately short of them? Or that such
arrangements were known about in Washington and either
sanctioned or deliberately ignored?"

Charles Higham, researcher, about U.S.-Nazi collaboration
during WWII

*****

" Sports plays a societal role in engendering jingoist and
chauvinist attitudes. They're designed to organize a
community to be committed to their gladiators."

Noam Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign
policy critic

*****

"... the establishment can't admit [that] it is human rights
violations that make ... countries attractive to business --
so history has to be fudged, including denial of our support
of regimes of terror and the practices that provide
favorable climates of investment, and our destabilization of
democracies that [don't] meet [the] standard of service to
the transnational corporation..."

Edward S. Herman, economist, author, and US media and
foreign policy critic

*****

" The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one
of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country
has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all
objectivity - much less dissent. "

Gore Vidal, novelist and critic


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TRAVEL INFORMATION

" [Nearly 70% of the military budget] is to provide men and
weapons to fight in foreign countries in support of our
allies and friends and for offensive operations in Third
World countries .. Another big chunk of the defense budget
is the 20% allocated for our offensive nuclear force of
bombers, missles, and submarines whose job it is to carry
nuclear weapons to the Soviet Union... Actual defense of the
United States costs about 10% of the military budget and is
the least expensive function performed by the Pentagon... "

Rear Admiral Gene LaRoque, U.S. Navy retired

*****

" History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of
this period of social transition was not the strident clamor
of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good
people. "

Martin Luther King, Jr.

*****

" The dream of capitalism is to co-opt people with higher
living standards without redistributing any wealth. Without
co-optation, widespread repression is the only guarantor of
gross inequality."

Holly Sklar, from her book Trilateralism

*****

"There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to
sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are
constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are
simply decisions made within institutions that are subject
to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And
if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other
institutions that are more free and more just, as has
happened often in the past."

Noam Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign
policy critic

*****

" We may not be strong enough to stop wars when the powers
that be want them, but at least we are wise and humane
enough to take political and moral stands as publicly as
possible. This is, after all, the foundation we must build
from."

Leslie Cagan, anti-war activist


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TRAVEL HEALTH

" Rollback as a foreign policy ... causes untold devastation
and misery for millions overseas, and hinders any potential
positive U.S. influence in world affairs... To the extent
the U.S. public backs rollback, this support is rooted in a
misguided sense of patriotism. Patriotism itself - love of
one's country and one's people - is a natural and reasonable
human feeling. But patriotism which measures one's country
by military superiority over all rivals regardless of
consequence is irrational... There is surely a more rational
form of patriotism that searches for excellence in social,
economic and moral spheres rather than in weapon systems. "

from the book Rollback by Thomas Bodenheimer and Robert
Gould

*****

" If the business community and political elite want to go
to war they find it easy to mobilize domestic consent."

Edward S. Herman, economist, author, and US media and
foreign policy critic, Z magazine June, 1999

*****

" With unfailing consistancy, U.S. intervention has been on
the side of the rich and powerful of various nations at the
expense of the poor and needy. Rather than strengthening
democracies, U.S. leaders have overthrown numerous
democratically elected governments or other populist regimes
in dozens of countries ... whenever these nations give
evidence of putting the interests of their people ahead of
the interests of multinational corporate interests. "

Michael Parenti, political scientist and author

*****

"This focus on money and power may do wonders in the
marketplace, but it creates a tremendous crisis in our
society. People who have spent all day learning how to sell
themselves and to manipulate others are in no position to
form lasting friendships or intimate relationships... Many
Americans hunger for a different kind of society -- one
based on principles of caring, ethical and spiritual
sensitivity, and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning
is just as intense as their need for economic security."

Michael Lerner, journalist

*****

" We must teach our children ... to resolve their conflicts
with words, not weapons. "

President Clinton (after the Colorado school shootings)
urging young people not to resort to violence, while he
continued NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, killing thousands of
innocent civilians, including children.


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THIRD WORLD TRAVELER

" The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S.
foreign policy. "

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General

*****

" One may well ask: How can you advocate breaking some laws
and obeying others? The answer lies in the fact that there
are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first
to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but
a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one
has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

*****

" The U.S. public is depoliticized, poorly informed on
foreign affairs ... and strongly patriotic in the face of a
struggle with "another Hitler". Even though the public is
normally averse to war, even with modest propaganda efforts
... the public can be quickly transformed into enthusiastic
supporters of war."

Edward S. Herman, economist, author, and US media and
foreign policy critic (Z magazine June, 1999)

*****

" I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the
ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which
knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world.
It's quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen
outside the frontiers of the U.S.

Eduardo Galeano, Latin American writer and historian
(Progressive magazine, July 1999)

*****

"Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign
policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto
the public agenda."

Eric Alterman, author

*****

" It doesn't take a genius to pump up the GNP [of a
developing country] by burning down rainforests, using slave
labor and social repression to keep things in place. "

Hazel Henderson, economist

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